Quick guide to relieve allergies

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Do not let seasonal allergies to put you down. Find out which are the best ways that you can treat them. A seasonal allergy is an inflammatory reaction to an allergen in the environment that causes sneezing, runny nose and sinus inflammation.

If you are prone to allergies, immune system first consider an element (such as pollen) to be potentially dangerous and the body produces large amounts of antibodies called immunoglobulin E, or IgE. IgE attaches to mast cells which are concentrated around the nose, eyes and lungs – which normally help protect the body from invaders.

At a new contact with the allergens, IgE signal mast cells to release histamine, chemicals that cause sneezing, watery eyes and itching. It takes repeated exposure to an allergen for allergies turn into problems. Seasonal allergies continue to grow throughout life.


1. Overview
2. When seasonal allergies manifest
3. The most effective treatments
4. Minimize symptoms

When seasonal allergies manifest

Allergies usually starts in early spring when trees, including oak, cedar, elm, birch and walnut, begin to pollinate.

Grasses germinate in late spring and early summer, some plants can affect some people in late summer and early fall. Also, many people have allergies from contact with mold leaf, an allergen often ignored, but its symptoms can be expanded up to winter.

There is however good news for flowers lovers. They will not ever trigger allergenic reaction. If you sneeze as you get flowers could be because the bouquet contains molds or herbs.

The most effective treatments

It is important to try to relieve symptoms because without treatment, allergies can worsen over time. Allergic reactions can spread to the lungs, increasing the risk of asthma. Nearly half of people who suffer from allergies on long-term also have asthma, while 40% of these will develop sinusitis.

For mild to moderate allergies are sufficient some medicines obtained on prescription. Most acts similarly and were aimed at reducing or stopping the reaction to an allergen. Experts recommend that a person allergic to undergo treatment before allergy season begins.

- Antihistamines – they prevent the body cells to release histamine that triggers the symptoms similar to those of a cold. Variants without a prescription that can be administered orally are often combined with a decongestant to relieve the symptoms.

Pros: They treat nasal itching and one in the neck, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing leak. There are brands that do not cause drowsiness.
Cons: It won’t reduce the congestion and inflammation and some brands may cause drowsiness.

- Intranasal corticosteroids – With a stronger action than the antihistamines, these sprays issued prescription proved, according to studies to be the most effective remedies for allergy symptoms.

Pros: They are very effective in treating congestion.
Cons: It can take up to a week until visible improvements. There is a higher risk of developing mild side effects, including nosebleeds, irritation and burning sensation compared to other drugs used to treat allergies.

- Decongestants – can be bought without prescription, acts fast and can be given both oral and intranasal. It works by constricting blood vessels, which helps to reduce the amount of fluid that drains from the nose.

Pros: Relieves congestion instant
Cons: The effect is temporary. Some nasal sprays act faster than oral alternatives, but most doctors do not recommend their use more than three or four days to avoid rebound effect (the more frequently used even longer require use to relieve symptoms). Long term use can cause chemical burns inside the nose.

Minimize symptoms

Check the amount of pollen in the atmosphere and try to stay indoors when its level is high. Try to close your windows at night and not to do morning walks on foot, because plants release pollen between 4 and 8 am.

Turn on the air conditioning and invest in a HEPA filter with which you can capture approximated 99.7% of particles passing through it. Because pollen on shoes, on the feet of animals and other things can penetrate carpets, consider replacing carpets with washable usual carpets. Be careful to other allergens such as mold, dust, animal dander that can aggravate seasonal allergies.

Mow the lawn to prevent germination of buds that produce pollen. Consider replacing part allergenic plants and leaves and thrown the trash quickly, before forming molds.

Wear natural fibers. Clothing made of synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon can create, after friction, an electrical charge that will attract allergens. Take a shower and wash your hair before going to bed. Daytime pollen can accumulate on the body, which means that if you don’t remove it you will breathe it all night.

Breathe through your nose. The nose offers better protection (than the mouth) of the body against foreign bodies that may enter the body.

Avoid secondhand smoke. Researchers found that exposure to secondhand smoke exacerbate allergic reactions.

Clean the house several times. Reducing dust, mold and pollen in your home will help reduce symptoms. Use genuine vacuum cleaners, mops and microfiber cloth that collect dust particles than brooms because of which these particles circulate in the air.

Buy pillow and mattress covers materials that repel dust (dustproof) and wash them frequently at temperatures that eradicate mites and pollen. Wipe the windows with a damp cloth before going to bed so that you can relax and breathe easy at night.



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